Everything. Say it six times and you’ll realise it’s a funny word. Every – thing. Everything. I’ve been pondering on this eleven letter word. It’s one we use often in our every day speech, sometimes quite glibbly.
The Bible never uses any word glibbly. Every word was chosen by God with care. So I know when the Bible says “everything” it means “every single thing, no exceptions”.
So where does the word everything appear in the Bible.? I’ve noticed sometimes the word everything talks about us and sometimes it’s part of a commandment to us.Here’s a few I’ve picked out that I think are worth considering:
God made everything – including us:
“You alone are the LORD;You have made heaven, The heaven of heavens, with all their host, The earth and everything on it, The seas and all that is in them, And You preserve them all. The host of heaven worships You.” Nehemiah 9:6
Everything God made is good – including us:
“Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day.” Genesis 1:31
Everything should praise the Lord – including us:
“Let everything that has breath praise the LORD.Praise the LORD!” Psalm 150:6
Everything has a season, a time span – including us, including what we are currently going through, good or bad.
“To everything there is a season,A time for every purpose under heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1
Despite what it looks like now, everything will be made beautiful, in time – inlcuding us.
“He [God] has made everything beautiful in its time.” Ecclesiastes 3:11
We should pray about everything – yes, including that!
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.” Philippians 4:6
We should give thanks for everything – yes, including that!
“In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18
Did one of these everythings stand out to you? If so manybe take some time to meditate on that verse and why God may have used the word everything in it.
Which everything verse caught your attention most? Do you think it would have made a difference to the meaning if the word everything had been excluded?Share your ideas in the comments below.